In the 2011 summer training we got into the Psalms (Crystallization Study, part 1) – wow, how the Lord unveiled us to see more of His Christ and the church! The spirit of the Bible is to exalt and uphold Christ, and everywhere in the Psalms we see Christ and the church. On the one hand the Psalms express sentiments, emotions, feelings, prayers, and experiences of God’s loving seekers. On the other hand, we need to discern and read the Psalms with God’s New Testament economy glasses on, to see what is “from man” and what is God speaking. Below are some portions of enjoyment from this rich training).
Crystallization Study of Psalms (part 1)
- msg 1, praising the Lord and speaking psalms to one another!
# Christ, the house of God, the city of God, and the earth: the main points in Psalms!
# how lovely is the church, God’s dwelling place! We love enjoying His presence!
# God’s purpose is fulfilled in Christ through the church as the house & the city of God;
# God intends to recover the earth for Himself through Christ in the church!
# in the local churches God is recovering the practical building up of the church;
- msg. 2, God’s system of grace and God’s system of government;
# the spirit of the Bible is to exalt Christ – He must have the first place in all things!
# Psalms 2 in the light of God’s two systems (1) – the nations are in open rebellion!
# Psalms 2 in the light of God’s two systems(2) – Kiss the Son! Love the Lord!
# God declares that He has installed Christ as the King in Mount Zion – Jesus is the King!
# “today I have begotten You” – Christ was begotten to be the Firstborn Son of God!
# Repent and believe into the Lord Jesus! Serve Jehovah with fear and Kiss the Son!
# to believe in the Lord is to receive Him; to love the Lord is to enjoy Him!
- msg. 3, God has perfected praise from the mouths of the babes & sucklings;
# God’s name is excellent in all the earth – Christ fulfills God’s purpose through the Body!
# out of the mouths of babes & sucklings You have established praise to stop Your enemy!
# what is mortal man, that the Lord remembers him & the son of man, that He visits him?
# You have made Him a little lower than angels & have crowned Him with glory and honor;
# being produced as babes & sucklings who offer God perfected praise to defeat His enemy!
# the Lord’s name is excellent in all the earth when we enjoy Christ and the church life!
- msg. 4,a governing principle in the Bible: two trees with two destinations!
# Who may sojourn in God’s tent? Who may dwell with God on His holy mountain?
# Christ as the God-man satisfies God’s desire and fulfills His good pleasure(Psa. 16:1-7);
# being fully on the line of life and exercising our spirit and our mouth to speak Christ;
# appreciating the Lord Jesus in His wonderful death and resurrection(Psalms 16:9-11);
# Christ in His ascension: His attainments, the fulness of joy, and pleasures forever!
# a turn from keeping the law and being good Christians to enjoying Christ & living Christ;
- msg. 5,a detailed picture of Christ in His suffering of death in Psalm 22;
# on the cross Christ suffered men’s reproach, despising, deriding, sneering, and mocking;
# man crucified and persecuted Jesus and God put Christ to death as our Substitute!
# Christ died on the cross as a God-man and accomplished an eternal redemption for us!
# I will declare Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the church I will sing hymns!
# every church is wonderful: the church is a living composition of all the brothers of Christ!
- msg. 6,seeing the pneumatic Christ’s shepherding as revealed in Psalm 23;
# the five stages of the pneumatic Christ’s shepherding as seen in Psalm 23;
# cooperating with Christ in His heavenly ministry to shepherd the saints, the flock of God;
# the Lord as our Shepherd makes us lie down in green pastures, beside waters of rest;
# He restores my soul; He guides me on the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake;
# experiencing the Lord’s presence as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death;
# You spread a table in the presence of my adversaries; You anoint my head with oil;
# a lifelong enjoyment of goodness and lovingkindness in the house of Jehovah;
- msg. 7, praising Christ the King in the sweetness of His virtues in Psalm 45;
# My heart overflows with a good matter; I speak what I have composed about the King;
# Hear & see, forget & stretch forward to gain Christ now: the King will desire your beauty!
# we have an affectionate love for the Lord Jesus: our tongue is the pen of a ready writer;
# praising Christ as the King in His victory & His kingdom; praise Him for His awesome deeds!
# praising Christ in His sweetness & praising the church as the queen in her beauty;
- msg. 8, various aspects of the church as the kingdom of God in Matthew;
# our daily enjoyment of Christ leads us to the continual enjoyment of God in His house!
# enjoying God in His house: beholding His beauty and tasting His goodness!
- msg. 9, we are all vulnerable to sin: we need to see the consequences to sin;
# our repentance & confession marries God’s forgiveness to produce something for building;
# enjoying & ministering Christ as the sin-dealing life to bear away the saints’ iniquity;
# having a thorough repentance & confession to receive a full forgiveness from God;
# create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit / a right spirit within me;
# Lord, restore to me the gladness of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit!
# the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; Lord, do good in Your good pleasure unto Zion!
- msg. 10, the normal Christian & church life: day by day, glory to glory, and house to house!
# Christ as the Center of God’s Move: Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered!
# restfully enjoying the spoil of all Christ has accomplished, and publishing the gospel;
# Christ led us as captives to the Father and received us as gifts to the Body!
# just come to the meetings & praise the Lord: He loads you with good!
# praising God according to His NT economy(Benjamin, Judah, Zebulun, and Naphtali);
- Msg. 11 – Christ in His Sufferings and Christ as the Factor to Enact God’s New Testament Economy
# We are called to enjoy grace & express God; Christ is our model, we’re His reproduction!
# we can share in Christ’s sufferings for the producing and building up of the Body of Christ;
# as the factor to enact God’s NT economy, Christ replaced all the sacrifices with Himself;
# God prepared a body for Christ to come to do God’s will to be God’s sacrifice on the cross;
# Christ put away sin once and for all and He imparted Himself as the divine life into us!
- Msg. 12 – The Reigning Christ Recovering the Earth by Watering
# Christ will return to recover the earth when He gains Zion, those fully open to Him!
# seeing the reigning Christ as unveiled in Psalm 72 and taking the way of the ministry;
# the reigning of Christ will be in righteousness and in justice, peace will be ushered in;
# Christ is coming to rule over the earth not mainly by judging but by watering!
# God is a flowing stream of water of life, and He rules in us by watering us!
# we need to see the divine stream and keep ourselves in the unique flow of God today!